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“So much more beautiful than I remembered...”

William Heise County Park
Ranked #3 of 38 things to do in Julian
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Chula Vista, California
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20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“So much more beautiful than I remembered...”
Reviewed 26 May 2013

Late May...surrounded by green trees, grass, Manzanitas, squirrels, wild turkeys! We've camped here before, but I don't remember it being so clean & beautiful. They don't have full hook-ups for RVs, but they do have electricity which is nice. There's a sewage dump station there as well.

If you like to hike, this is a great spot. The grounds are just spectacular, and it's only about a 10-minute drive (tops) to the lovely, historic town of Julian.

We've stayed for a night or two each time we've camped here. I would recommend a 3 night stay so everyone can spend some time in town & in the park at a leisurely pace.

Visited May 2013
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San Diego, California
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35 reviews
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“A Gem in the San Diego Mountains”
Reviewed 21 May 2013

We have been camping at William Heise State Park several times over the last few years. What drew us to it were the little cabins you could rent to camp in. We are beyond tents and the rustic cabins are a great alternative. There are lots of trails to go hiking and fishing at Lake Cuyamaca is not far away.

Visited June 2012
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Ramona, California
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“Small campers and tent campers only”
Reviewed 11 April 2013

We last visited this park with a smaller motorhome, and now the size restrictions prevent us from going there. But it was a great place to go with kids, lots of hiking trails and a playground. Since the big fires here, campfires are restricted everywhere. This is a perfect place to go from fall to spring.

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Washington Dc, District Of Columbia
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“I never would have expected so much from a State Park”
Reviewed 12 January 2013

I can't remember which trails we did, but we ended up taking about a four-mile hike, combining a few trails. The trails were well-maintained, even in spite of the snowy conditions, and the views and foliage were just gorgeous.

Visited January 2013
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San Diego, California
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“Cabin Camping”
Reviewed 3 January 2013

Recently spent a couple of nites here "camping" in one of the 14 cabins in the park. The park is at about 4000 feet elevation and is a very nice park as others have mentioned. Cabins can be easily rented on the William Heise website and cost about $60/nite. We stayed in one of the newer cabins. They are quite nice though primitive in the sense that there are only bunks for sleeping (no bedding, bring your own) and tables and chairs. Midnight walks to the restrooms are a keen reminder that you're closer to camping than a comfortable stay in a cabin. The cabins are heated by a propane stove, similar to a typical wood burning stove but burning propane through faux logs. It was more than sufficient to heat the small cabin, even as the temperature outside dropped below freezing. There's no cooking within the cabin and you need to cook outside. Though we did bring a hot water heater for making coffee, hot cocoa, etc. There are several electrical outlets in the cabin. Whilst the park advertises that the cabins have wi-fi, the signals are very weak and we could never connect in any event. We were told that the wi-fi was primarily for checking e-mail and that music and video streaming sites were blocked. Our plans to snuggle in our sleeping bags watching Netflix on our iPads were merely fantasy. :(

The park has nice trails for hiking, though they were pretty muddy during our visit and thus we didn't hike as much as we wanted. The park has a nice play structure near the entrance for young kids.

One nice aspect of the park is that you can drive to the town of Julian in about 10 minutes. We actually took a couple of our meals in Julian.

We plan to visit William Heise and camp in the cabins again!

Visited December 2012
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